Rep. AllenWest: “You’re Not Going to Intimidate Me”

Congressman stands his ground when confronted by Muslim radical at Town Hall Meeting

The Tuesday night meeting was West’s first meeting with constituents since his April 15 vote for a Republican budget that includes a revamping of Medicare. For those now under 55, the plan drafted by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would change Medicare from a defined-benefit program to one in which the government subsidizes premiums paid to private insurance plans.

The plan — which is considered doomed in the Democrat-controlled Senate — has drawn criticism from Democrats, who have targeted West and other House Republicans with radio ads and phone calls blasting the vote.

Earlier Tuesday, a town hall meeting in Orlando hosted by freshman Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, was disrupted by hecklers and audience members shouting at each other.

At roughly the same time in Wisconsin, Ryan faced a packed town meeting, occasional boos and a skeptical audience as he tried to lay out his party’s rationale for overhauling the health insurance program for retirees, according to The New York Times.

Outside the sprawling campus of Calvary Chapel, where West’s meeting was held in a theater, about 15 demonstrators carried signs criticizing the Medicare proposal.

Inside the meeting, West was less than a minute into his remarks tonight when two or three men began shouting from the audience.



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